Farmers block road at Saath Mile Cross seeking water for crops – The Hindu

Led by Chamarasa Malipatil, honorary president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, and Tipparaju Hawaldar and Shivaraj Patil, MLAs from Raichur Rural and Raichur City, respectively, hundreds of farmers blocked State Highway 20 at Saath Mile Cross for two hours on Tuesday demanding sufficient water for standing crops in the tail-end areas of the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC).They alleged that the officials of Department of Water Resources had joined hands with powerful landowners in the upper reaches of the canal who were illegally using water to irrigate their unauthorised land.“Standing crops are drying up due to lack of water. Most of the water released from the Tungabhadra reservoir is being used by farmers in Gangavathi and Karatagi areas in Koppal district that are immediately downstream the dam. Since more than 1.5 lakh acres of unauthorised land in these areas are illegally irrigated using the canal water, we are facing water shortage in the tail-end areas,” an agitating farmer said.

Source: Farmers block road at Saath Mile Cross seeking water for crops – The Hindu

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